Small Things – Big Difference
Every day we have the power to make a difference in someone else’s life. When your feet hit the floor in the mornings, set out as determined as ever to touch someone’s heart. Even ordinary things can touch someone right when they need it. The smallest of things can make a big difference, too.
A lot of times people struggle to find the “perfect gift” when they want to show someone that they care, but this goes beyond gifts. We’re not talking about anything that you can buy. Your small act of kindness does not even have to cost a thing. If, however, you’d like to purchase something, even then you don’t have to go all out unless you desire to do so. Even the smallest of gifts to my girls have thrilled their hearts completely just because I thought of them and wanted to give them a surprise.
Also, consider this: You’re walking into a store, and you have the option of shoving those doors wide open as you announce your presence, OR you can purposely slow your steps long enough to hold the door open for someone behind you. It is just a simple, small thing that can make a difference to someone. What if this person was struggling that day with things tearing at them threatening to steal their joy, and there you were standing at the door holding it open for them offering your kindness and a smile? Think of the difference that you just made in that person’s life!
What about the struggling single mother that is holding on to her small child while rummaging in her purse for spare change to complete her purchase at the super market? If you see that look of distress on her face as her search results in crumpled up candy paper, lent, and Cheerios, would it cause you any great harm to fish in your pockets for the needed change? Of course not! The mother, although embarrassed due to the situation, would be so grateful to you at that moment in time for this small thing that you are doing for her that is making a big difference! Think of the child looking back at you and the impression you are making on their little life. Oh sure, they have probably been told of people doing random acts of kindness before, but maybe this is the first time they’ve experienced it. Now they have had the opportunity to watch you in action showing love and kindness to a stranger, their mother.
How about just sending a simple card in the mail when you know that someone has been hurting lately? If you know that a “tender day” is approaching for them, whether it’s a loved one’s birthday long after this loved one has passed away or the anniversary of their passing, think of the impact your “Thinking of you” card would have on their lives at that particular moment when they retrieve it from the mailbox. As they open it to reveal your heart, you have just had the opportunity to speak love to them through your words even with this small gesture.
A lot of times, it is not even necessary to spend a single cent even in the smallest of things to let people know that you care. A phone call or text message just to catch up can mean the world to someone that has felt invisible and as if they had little value in the world. So you see, these small things do make a big difference in other people’s lives.
What can you do to help encourage someone today? What can you do to show love, even in the smallest ways, to touch the biggest parts of their heart?
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March 5, 2014 @ 4:45 pm
Hi Shirley, I just linked up with Holley Gerth’s Coffee For Your Heart too. I like to read at least a handful of the other posts and I picked yours today to start. You write beautifully and I could picture all the various scenarios like walking into a store and announcing I’m here versus slowing to hold the door for another. I’m glad you included the small thing of remembering the tender days of those we know. That really resonated in my heart as it is one thing God has recently called me to make specific efforts towards doing. I just bought a couple boxes of cards and am planning to send at least one card per week to someone, more as I see or think of it, but I’m committing to one card per week at least. Thanks for sharing some beautiful writing and great ideas today! Blessings to you!
March 5, 2014 @ 7:34 pm
Thank you so much, Babs! I appreciate all that you wrote. I am a firm believer in sending cards, too! I was even on a committee at church once that sent cards out to individuals. Long before that, I did this in my own life with my family and friends. It has always been important to me, and I am so glad to see that God has placed this desire on your heart to share your loving kindness to someone once a week by your written words in those cards. What a blessing you will be to them when they receive these cards out of the blue. This can be your ministry. I see beautiful things happening through what you are doing!